Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (ITP) - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 03-11-2008, 03:04 PM - Thread Starter
Markus's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi, I'm new. A friend recommended this site as a way to learn of others' experiences with pregnancy and labor complicated (or maybe not!) by a blood condition of lower than usual platelet counts with unknown cause: idiopathic thrombocytopenia.
It sounds like some women develop a mildly to moderately low platelet count during pregnancy. I had the condition before pregnancy, however. I had a great haemotologist who ruled out Lupus, leukemia, etc., and I've been able to avoid any kind of treatment for a couple of years now. But being pregnant (I'm in my late second trimester) makes it a little more complicated. It's hard to find information about others' experiences with labor specifically. Information on a rare development termed HELLP Syndrome in babies born to women with low platelets is available, but I'm trying to learn what complications I can expect in labor and how that might affect some of my choices about the birthplan. For example, my understanding is that if a c-section is required, general anesthesia rather than local will have to be used due to risks of bleeding in the spine, an epidural is not an option with a platelet count of less than 100 (mine were never that high before pregnancy, and are steadily dropping now), some haematologists use steroid treatments for several weeks before the due date and then induce... I want to plan on a natural birth, but need more infromation to develop contingency plans. Anyone out there have experience with this?
Markus is offline  
#2 of 2 Old 03-27-2008, 02:51 PM
sheilige's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm curious about this as well, I don't have any experience with this but wanted to bump in case someone else might see it. You might want to post in birth professionals since a lot of midwives and doulas might see it.

sheilige is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off